• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Carex testacea

orange New Zealand sedge

  • Other common names orange New Zealand sedge

  • Family Cyperaceae

  • Genus Carex can be deciduous or evergreen, rhizomatous or tufted perennials, with triangular stems bearing linear or strap-shaped leaves and short or long spikes of tiny green or brown flowers

  • Details C. testacea is one of the evergreen New Zealand sedges which have many uses, providing winter and summer interest. A tufted perennial 40-60cm tall, its narrow, arching leaves are olive-green in summer, the colour intensifying to warm coppery-orange in winter. Flowers are brown and insignificant, but their stems droop gracefully as they age

  • Plant range New Zealand

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in most well-drained fertile soils. Will not tolerate excessive winter wet and avoid extremes of wet and dry

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or by division in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Low Maintenance Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Prairie Planting Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning In summer cut out any dead leaves

Pests Susceptible to damage from aphids

Diseases Generally disease free

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